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"The General", a thrilling comedy about the Civil War, lifted Buster Keaton from the ashes of oblivion decades after his name and legacy were forgotten. Audiences and critics in the 1920ies did not appreciate this extraordinary masterpiece, but Buster Keaton always regarded "The General" as his best film. Today he is totally vindicated and the world agrees with him.
Simple mortals like us are not able to give adequate praise to this masterpiece. "The General" is fascinating, thrilling, suspenseful, spectacular, and yet thoroughly entertaining. None less movie authority than Orson Welles stated that Buster Keaton's "The General" is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." (From Wikipedia).
The film contains the single most spectacular scene of the Silent Era when a real train falls from a burning bridge and crashes into the river below.
"The General" has been voted in the list of the best films ever made, and is ranked number 1 in a list of the greatest silent films by Silent Era.
"The General" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 1989, the first year it was enacted.
The film enjoys extraordinary popularity and has an outstanding rating 8.3 in IMDB.
Directed by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Produced by Joseph Schenck, Buster Keaton
Scenario by Al Boasberg, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Based on The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger
Starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack
Cinematography Bert Haines, Devereaux Jennings
Distributed by United Artists
Release date 5 February 1927
Running time 75 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film, English intertitles
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